Academy in Brazil

-Posted on 01.07.2014

This week six Academy students will be travelling to Brazil for the 45th Campos do Jordao festival. Luke O’Toole (flute), Lavinia Redman (oboe), Josh Wilson (bassoon), Dewi Jones (horn) and Valentina Peleggi (conductor) will all be taking part in the festival which expects over 10,000 visitors and is considered the largest and most important music festival in Latin America.

The festival offers an extensive programme of concerts involving renowned guest artists and ensembles from 5th July until 3rd August. Previous guest have included Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kurt Masur and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. In this year’s opening ceremony Marin Alsop will conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Repertoire to be performed throughout the festival includes Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini with Russian pianist Boris Giltburg, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Beethoven’s First Symphony and The Pines of Rome by Respighi.

In addition to many hours of orchestral and chamber rehearsals the students will benefit from masterclasses and lessons from international musicians, including the Academy’s Head of Strings, Jo Cole, and professor of clarinet Mark van de Wiel.

Last year award-winning wind quintet Notus Winds attended the festival. They can be seen playing in the festival orchestra in the photo above.

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